The Prince Estate and Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, are excited to share “Born 2 Die,” the second single made available from Prince’s upcoming unreleased studio album Welcome 2 America. The song was recorded during a flurry of studio activity in the spring of 2010, when President Obama was just a year into his first term and Prince was reflecting deeply on the issues affecting the Black community and the role he hoped to play in the social justice movement.
“We got to ‘Born 2 Die,’ and Prince said, ‘I’ll tell you how that came about,’ Morris Hayes shared. “He had been watching videos of his friend Dr. Cornel West on YouTube, and during one speech Dr. West said, ‘I love my brother Prince, but he’s no Curtis Mayfield.’ So Prince said, ‘Oh really? We will see.’”
Additionally, Prince’s 1998 album The Truth will be issued for the first time as a stand-alone release on June 12 as part of Record Store Day’s first RSD Drop. The Truth was originally released as an accompaniment to the triple-album Crystal Ball, and is widely considered one of Prince’s most underappreciated hidden gems.